The best pubs in Southend

If you’re looking for a relaxing pub for a pint after a long walk in the countryside we’ve got a list of some of Essex’s finest. Chat with locals over a tipple or two, enjoy an artisan ale or try some great food. Whether it’s in the town centre or the countryside, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

The Mayflower


Winner of the CAMRA South East Essex Pub Of The Year 2014, 2015, and 2016! The Mayflower is complete with a stunning seaside view, whether you’re popping in during a tour of the many excellent pubs lining the coast, or settling for the afternoon to enjoy live music, real ale, and their in-house chip shop.

5 – 6 High Street, Leigh-on-Sea, SS9 2EN
Nearest c2c station: Leigh-on-Sea

The Olde Trout Tavern


The Olde trout is a hidden gem. Try one of their ever-changing guest ales or the house ‘Trout Ale,’ which is brewed especially for the pub. If you like quizzes there’s one every two Sundays, and on Tuesday and Wednesday it’s darts nights. It’s a good spot for a couple of brews before heading to the Cliffs Pavilion theatre and does a smashing Sunday Lunch.

56 London Road, Southend-on-Sea, SS1 1NX
Nearest c2c station: Southend Central

The Bell

the bell inn pub interior essex

This 15th Century coaching inn, run by the same family for over 75 years, has all the hallmarks of the perfect gastro pub: crackling fire, cuisine that made The Sunday Times Food List, modern interior decor and numerous ales. Their menu changes daily, using seasonal and local produce where possible, and if you’re struggling to leave there are 27 beautiful bedrooms to choose from should you wish to spend the night.

High Road, Horndon-On-The-Hill, Essex, SS17 8LD
Nearest c2c station: Stanford-le-Hope

The Exchange


If you’re in the town centre, The Exchange boasts a lovely patio and decking area, fresh food, complimentary bar snacks, free Wifi and great live music. Formerly a Barclay’s Bank, its name retains its financial history, but the bank vault is now a beer cellar.

Their Sunday Sessions feature live, chilled out music if you’re in the mood to relax with food, drink and friends.

659 Southchurch Road, Southend-on-Sea, SS1 2PW
Nearest c2c station: Southend East

The Anchor


Perched on the edge of the River Crouch, this thoroughly modern pub and restaurant enjoys an idyllic setting, where dogs and children have plenty of room to play. It’s the only pub in Essex to hold the Michelin Bib Gourmand award, received in 2016, which recognises outstanding food at moderate prices. They offer seasonal menus and source local produce, so check their website for what food is on offer.

Ferry Road, Hullbridge, Essex SS5 6ND
Nearest c2c station: Pitsea

The Woodmans Arms


A five-minute ride from Benfleet station brings you to The Woodmans Arms in Thundersley, serving locally sourced food that changes with the seasons. Choose from craft beer, real ale and a hand-picked selection of wine, but be sure to pop along on the third Friday of the month for Soul Night – which has proved so popular revellers have been known to literally drink the bar dry.

Nearest c2c station: Benfleet
Rayleigh Road, Thundersley, SS7 3TA

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